CHAT – Care and Hospitality at Thornbury

The CHAT Project has two elements; CHAT Phoenix House and CHAT English Club. With an emphasis on hospitality, CHAT works to support those seeking asylum both at their hearing and to help people improve their language skills.

CHAT Phoenix House

BEACON began by volunteers supporting those attending Asylum and other hearings at the Regional Tribunals Hearing Centre, commonly known as the Asylum Court at Phoenix House, Thornbury, Bradford.  This grew to be a small, but very welcome project, much appreciated by those who came into contact with it.

Sadly, due to the Coronovirus pandemic, and subsequent changes to how the courts are operating, we have had to make the tough decision to call an end to this project.  We are immensely grateful to our wonderful volunteers who made this little treasure happen week after week.

CHAT English Club

CHAT English club offers conversation English classes to asylum seekers and other members of the community. It is a fun learning environment for those wishing to practice their English conversational skills and allows everyone the chance to get involved. The class is open to all levels and focuses on conversation, building confidence and enjoyment.

CHAT English Club
The classes run every Wednesday from 10am-12 at Touchstone (4 Easby Road, BD7 1QX)

Can you help?

Would you like to get involved with the English club? Please see our Volunteering page to download an application form.

For more information you can email Alice at